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Self-serve gas stations in N.J.? Not a chance, Gov. Christie says

Trenton Star Ledger -- Anyone in New Jersey longing for self-serve gas stations, don’t get too pumped up about it.
“It’s never going to happen,” Gov. Chris Christie said on a monthly call-in radio show. “There is just no appetite, republicans or democrats in the legislature, to make us a completely self–serve state.”
A caller on NJ 101.5's Ask the Governor show encouraged Christie to pursue self-serve gas stations. Christie said he used to talk about this issue a lot, but fuel hasn’t been added to that fire.
“People in New Jersey love the idea that they’ve got somebody to pump their gas,” Christie said. “I don’t see that changing.”


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Submitted Aug 24, 2012 By: BurntOrange
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2012 6:00:53 AM

sometimes it's nice to have someone else pump, esp. on a rainy, dreary day, but the majority of self-serve in non-mandatory full-service states is generally a lot higher.
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altonb1
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 7:48:42 AM

And gas in NJ...especially South Jersey, is still cheaper than many other places in the country to boot!
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We're doomed.
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BlueberryFocus
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2012 12:00:12 AM

I can't think of many stations in NY that still are full service.
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Wanda127
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 11:27:10 PM

I use to love full service back in the day but now I would rather pump it myself if it saves me money on the fuel purchase.
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andy1024
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 10:51:37 PM

Are there any other states that mandate full-service stations?
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albiek1976
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 10:41:28 PM

I miss full service stations, they are almost gone in Tuscarawas County, Ohio
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hank1326
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 10:29:34 PM

Oregon is also an "Full Service" state.
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REBELFAN39
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 9:01:20 PM

Are folks in New Jersey, that lazy?
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jpgilmor
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 7:27:31 PM

what is this like a union job or are people in NJ unable to do what other do everyday in about 48 other states?
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slowtrain
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 6:18:18 PM

New Jersey is so behind the times. I've been driving for 36 years and I don't think I've ever had someone else pump my gas.
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treehood
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:48:58 PM

Don't mind pumping my own gas at all. In fact, I prefer it.
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dastard57
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:38:27 PM

This is utter stupidity! Christie is a fake! He is not a conservative because most of his policies lack the capitalistic principles that true conservatism promotes. Why is the state micro-regulating gas stations as to whether or not customers can pump their own gas? I'm guessing from what I read that they have safety concerns? That is nonsense! Then Gov. Christie states “People in New Jersey love the idea that they’ve got somebody to pump their gas”. Where does he get that from? Some poll?

In the "bluest of blue" states, California, we have had the choice of self or full serve gas stations for over 40 years. I am 49 yrs old, I started pumping gas in my grandfather's Mobil Station at 15. He had full and self serve. Most stations at that time had both. Over the past 35 yrs the consumers have made the choice. As California drivers know, one would be hard pressed to find a full service station where someone runs out to pump your gas.

[Edited by: dastard57 at 8/24/2012 5:40:19 PM EST]
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mplato
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:36:09 PM

not a chance...what would all those people do then....unemployment is high enough
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Piniewoods
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:34:30 PM

BS, Gas companys keeping it so they can charge more.
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Voltus
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:33:02 PM

he is so obese, so he can not "self-serve" himself... that's why
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:32:49 PM

To many moving parts for them.
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d_clark
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:31:20 PM

Don't think NJ residents know how to pump their own gas. ;-)
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:30:24 PM

Its a "job protection" racket, much like buying "insurance" to make sure that your business isn't burned down.
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ChuckGVT
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:27:43 PM

As long as it is still much cheaper than the adjoining states, I'll let someone pump my gas.
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AWVGUY
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:18:23 PM

thats what I say WHY , do they wana keep up the prices
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:17:51 PM

Make no mistake about it - this is all about the strength of the NJ Service Station Owners Association lobby and not about jobs. Yes, our gas is relatively cheap compared to other states, even with full service, but it could be cheaper still with self service. In an interesting loophole, diesel fuel is exempt from "must be pumped" and there are self service pumps readily available for those that use it.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:17:08 PM

why
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:16:46 PM

They still exist? Thought they went they of the dinosaur.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:16:23 PM

Weird. Read all the comments made by New Jersey residents -- and they say they DO WANT self-serve gas stations! Politics, people.
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sprocketsplines
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:16:06 PM

New Jersey must have a bunch of old pumps that can't read credit/debit cards.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:15:38 PM

Each Governor is allowed to set policy that affect the people in his/ her state. Even if I don't agree with it.
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WILDCAT112
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:13:44 PM

Look out another price increase
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PriceScout007
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:12:37 PM

I didn't know those still existed. Lazy state NJ. Pump it your self!
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:12:28 PM

No self-serve in Oregon.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:12:22 PM

I not seen nothing but self servie gas stations for 25 years.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:08:05 PM

Out west I haven't seen more then one since the 70's.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:06:35 PM

If they are not paying more, so what
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:03:42 PM

We have had them here for years.
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normcrocker
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 5:00:31 PM

It isn't like they want to ban full-service stations. Some people even like them. I prefer self-service but that's a personal preference.

[Edited by: normcrocker at 8/24/2012 5:02:05 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:59:41 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:58:43 PM

Only the small things, I disagree with Gov.Christie.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:56:29 PM

Yawn!
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:56:28 PM

Wish we had it.
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it is what it is
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:50:45 PM

To each (state) its own.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:46:52 PM

why not
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:44:35 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:44:02 PM

amazing
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:42:57 PM

Must be a lobby at work!
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MusicalMan7
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:40:42 PM

All Chris Christie cares about being self-serve is the buffet line at Golden Corral. He can't get out of the car to pump his own gas though.
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bmoolyk
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:39:48 PM

Just make it pre-pay before you pump to stop the jersey thugs from driving off
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:37:04 PM

good
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barbs24
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:36:59 PM

Why? The rest of us having been pumping our own for year. Nice to have a full service place for those with disabilities or other issues, but what about choice!
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mikesr11
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:36:18 PM

I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE NEW JERSEY LOGIC.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 4:35:43 PM

redbeard47229 wrote, "to caddilac. it's probably illegal to hire teens here, too. too dangerous LOL. my first regular 40 hr job was in a full service station, too, when I was 15 and working for minimum wage of $1.00 per hour."

I know that you weren't confused by my post, but you made me aware with your post that others might be.

It was all my fault for any confusion in my post, as I guess I didn't specify which "teens" I was referring to.

I was referring to 18 year olds, which are the legal age to work, especially if they are legal enough to go and die for their country.

I don't know how much more dangerous it would be, for say a 16 year old to pump gasoline at a full service gas station, since a 16 year old can drive and they would certainly have to pump gas themselves at a self serve gas station when they were running low on gasoline.

I too worked at a full service gas station when I was 18 & 19, but I was more fortunate that the minimum wage at that time was around $3.00 an hour.

It was a huge improvement in spending money when compared to a year earlier when I was only making 9 cents a game setting 10 pin at the local bowling ally.

With two full teams of 5 bowlers, bowling three games, I could go home with $2.70, but the tips usually totaled more than that. Still, back then it was good honest money for a kid.



[Edited by: caddilac at 8/24/2012 4:43:44 PM EST]
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